This weekend has truly been amazing. A few weeks ago, my friend Mark invited me to a trip to Kenting with many others from the Taiwan Tech Trek program. At first I was a bit reluctant to go becuase out of the 20 people going, I only knew maybe 3 or 4 people. But I ended up going anyway and I definitely had a blast. I am currently using the laptop at work to type up this post (yep, this is what I do at work) so I won’t be able to post any pictures, but I will get to that as soon as I get my hands on my own laptop.
After work on Friday, I headed to Taipei main to catch the HSR with some other people. The HSR took only 1 1/2 hour to get to Zuoying. We then took a “taxi” to Kenting. Because we had nine people, the taxi was a little shuttle bus. Once he started driving, I was getting kind of scared. Our driver was breaking every traffic rule you could think of (running red lights, using the bike lane to pass another car, speeding, not letting the firetruck/ambulance go, driving in the middle of two lanes, crossing double lanes, you name it!) But nevertheless we got to our hostel safely. The hostel was pretty small and ghetto( but it was bearable for two nights..). By the time we got there it was maybe 10pm, but several people wanted to go to the Kenting Strip/Night Market, so 15 or so of us cramped into the little bus and got dropped off . I really like how festive and lively the strip was. Although it was late, there were still a decent amount of people. After visiting the strip we went to the beach for a little bit. After coming back from the beach, it was a battle trying to fight for the showers, but luckily me and two others walked back first and got to shower first before everyone else. Afterwards, we just talked a bit and went to bed. Our “bed” was literally a flat straw mat on the hard floor, but since it was wayyy past my normal bed time, I fell asleep pretty quickly.
The next day, most of us got up around 10. We tried to rent mopeds so we could get around more easily. However, because we were all “foreigners,” the moped costed a lot more, so we ended up renting motored bikes. I decided to be a passenger because I didn’t truust myself driving it in Taiwan and I really thank Eric and Codey for letting me ride behind them during this trip, thanks guys! We ended up eating lunch at a random place after finally figuring out all the rides. After lunch, we went to the beach to play. After splashing around in the waves for a bit, I went to do some water activities. It was 600NT to do 3 activities. I ended up choosing jet ski, banana boat, and this other one called big foot. First, they sent us out into th ocean using the jet ski, meanwhile they drove really fast and twisted and turned so it was really exciting. At one point we end rode on a wave and dropped down from it. Kind of scary, but superrr fun. Then, we got on the big foot ride. It was like sitting on a big floating chair and getting dragged around by the jet ski. It felt like we were getting bounced up and down by the waves. This one was not as exciting, but fun nevertheless. Lastly, we went on the banana boat. The driver immediately asked if we wanted to get thrown off. I was kind of uneasy about getting thrown into the water, but said okay. I was super nervous the whole time I was on the boat because I could the driver turn his jet ski, the signal that we will soon be in the waters. The first turn, I think I could have held on because it wasn’t too sharp of a turn, but the driver had told us to let go when you’re suppose to fall into the water so I did. BAD DECISION. My bottom of my tankini almost completely came off and I quickly pulled it back off before they came to the rescue. PHEW. I begged the driver not to do it again, but he said it was too late. The next turn, I fell into the water, almost hitting my friend Codey, but thanks to the water, I didn’t knock him out. I really didn’t want to get thrown off anymore, but Codey did. So we had our last round. This time I held on tight, and was able to stay on the banana boat. I was so proud at myself. As I turn to see Codey in the waters however, I felt a jerk. The next thing I knew, I was in rolling across the bananaa boat before hitting the ocean. We were sent back on the beach by the exciting jet ski. After showering and changing, a group of us decided to go Go-Karting. it was only 100NT but took a while for all 10 of us to be able to be in the same race at a time. I have never been karting before so it was pretty fun. It was harder than I thought because the wheels were stiffer than I had thought, so it was pretty hard to control the movements of the kart. I am just glad I didn’t run into anything. But I did have some almost-accidents because the guys loved cutting people off. It was a short session but it was worth it. It’s not everyday that you get to drive like a mad person haha. Afterwards, we just went to the strip again for a night-market-dinner. After everyone finished and met up, we headed to the beach again. This time, we had fireworks :] Although I didn’t really set off any of them, it was nice just to see them blast of into the sky. A few guys were bought everyone matching shirts (we paid them 150NT back for it though) so we all had tanks saying Kenting and took group pictures. Afterwards, I just went back and showered, but some people ended up going to the light house. I was going to go but our bike was running low on battery so we didn’t want to risk it.
Most people slept around 4am, but we all woke up around 10 because we had to “check out” at 10:30. We eneded up paying one room just as storage because we didn’t want to have to carry out luggages everywhere. We also had to extend our hours for the bikes. (it felt like both the hostel ladies and the bike place was trying to rip us of because they knew we needed what they had). After figuring out those stuff we went to eat lunch at a Thai place. Because 12 of us had planned to leave kenting around 3, we wanted to something before we had to leave. Many people wanted to go Go-Karting again, but we ended up not because the line was too long. We ended up going to this place where they had ATV and Hamster Ball. Six of us chose to do ATV while the others did hamster ball. It was 600NT per ATV car for half an hour, so I thought it was reasonable (the guy went overtime too). In the beginning I was passenger again, but Codey decided to let me try driving. BAD BAD BAD DECISION. Within the span of 10 minutes, I had three accidents. Yes, three. First, I ran my car into my friend Jame’s ATV. The two cars were stuck together and took some effort to seperate. I also ran into a ditch twice, both times almost hitting a tree. … After running into the ditch a second time, I was banned from driving. I agreed, it was way to dangerous for me to be driving. Honestly, I don’t think it’s because I can’t drive, it’s just my arms were too short that I couldn’t really turn the car completely, also the breaks were soo stiff that even breaking at my hardest, I was moving. Bleghh. Whatever. It was fun though. Afterwards, we all headed back to the hostel and got picked up by our same crazy driver back to the HSR station. This concluded my Kenting trip.